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Praying for Your Prodigal

Author Kyle Idleman
Narrator Kirby Heyborne
Runtime 1.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date August 1, 2014
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A book for parents and family members of those who are far from God, Praying for Your Prodigal draws on insights from AHA to help readers pray—and hope—for their prodigal.


In this hope-filled, honest book Kyle Idleman offers stories about prodigals specifically for parents and grandparents of prodigals, as well as a series of prayers for readers to work through as they offer their prodigals to God.

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A book for parents and family members of those who are far from God, Praying for Your Prodigal draws on insights from AHA to help readers pray—and hope—for their prodigal.


In this hope-filled, honest book Kyle Idleman offers stories about prodigals specifically for parents and grandparents of prodigals, as well as a series of prayers for readers to work through as they offer their prodigals to God.

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Great Read and Advice
Great advice with very useful biblical scriptures. Recommended.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/23/2017)
Praying for Your Prodigal by Kyle Idleman
Praying for Your Prodigal by Kyle Idleman is a book for individuals who have family members far from God. In Praying for Your Prodigal, Idleman shares stories about prodigals specifically for parents and grandparents.

Since listening to this book, I found out that Praying for Your Prodigal draws on insights from Idleman’s book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything. I have not read this book, so I’m not sure if there is a lot of overlap, but I wanted to mention this in case you have read it.

I listened to the audio version of Praying for Your Prodigal and I had some trouble staying with the book. I’m not sure whether it was the way it was read. the way the book was written, or something else. I enjoyed the narrator and he was not bad to listen to, so I don’t think that was the case. I think I might have found this book more beneficial as a hard copy where I could highlight certain areas.

That said, I did find this short book to offer encouragement and hope for someone who has a prodigal. I enjoyed many of the prayers that were in the chapter as I feel it could be challenging at times to know how to pray for a prodigal, especially if you have been and you are not feeling like they are changing.

Overall, I found this title beneficial. I still think I would have preferred to read this title because I would have been able to highlight and mark certain areas of the book I wanted to reference. I also think I would have been able to get more out of the book because I did have some trouble staying connected to the audio book version.

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/31/2014)
Perfect for struggling parents
In my role as a youth worker, I meet a lot of desperate parents whose son or daughter has chosen to walk a destructive path. Just like the parable of the prodigal son, this child has left their family behind—often figuratively, sometimes literally. The parents are at a loss; broken with grief and hurt. I do my best to help and support them with encouragement and prayer. Now, thanks to Kyle Idleman, I have something I can send them with: a great little book called Praying for Your Prodigal.

This is book is very short. The print version is under 100 pages and the audiobook version clocks in at less than 80 minutes. It’s really the perfect size for someone who needs encouragement, not a reading assignment. And, boy is this book encouraging! If I’m not mistaken, it is derived from Idleman’s longer book entitled AHA, for the very purpose of being a salve for those experiencing the pain of watching their loved one walk away.

The book follows a formula. Each chapter opens with a letter written by a parent or grandparent to their own prodigal. Idleman notes that these are real letters written by real people. They are raw and emotional. Often there isn’t closure offered, and no pat answers are given. I found these letters heart-wrenching, but I think there could be some real comfort to be gained for a parent who is struggling.

Each chapter then continues with an episodic look at the prodigal son parable with Idleman’s own commentary. While Idleman’s journey through Jesus’ most famous parable isn’t quite as insightful and comprehensive as, say, Nouwen’s The Return of Prodigal Son, that’s not really his goal. He is drawing out basic principles and he does a good job at it.

Finally, each chapter concludes with a prayer. Like the letters, these prayers are painfully real and raw. But they also offer hope and comfort. The prodigal is now in God’s hands. And where we are weak and powerless, He is mighty and powerful to save.

I highly recommend this book for struggling parents and also as resource for pastors and leaders dealing with struggling parents. It is just the right length and price to have a few copies on hand to give out at the appropriate time, and that is exactly my plan. Kirby Heyborne does a great job narrating the audio version.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/27/2014)
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